Kranich
Hak-Jun Baek 
South Korea
Team Dignitas
Missed a chance to qualify for his third World Championship
July 10, 2017
Kranich had a disappointing showing as he failed to make it out of group stages at the Hearthstone Spring Championship.
ANALYSIS
Already as the only person to ever take part in multiple World Championships, Kranich had the opportunity to compete for a third title with a semifinal berth. Always a tough opponent, he fell short this day as he ran into the hottest player in the world in Hoej. Hoej defeated Kranich twice to eliminate him from the tournament, a tournament Hoej would later go on to win. Kranich is still one of the world's best players and is worshipped in the Korean Hearthstone scene.
Clinched a spot at the Spring Championship in Shanghai
June 4, 2017
Kranich was his dominant self as he made it to the semifinals of the Asia-Pacific Spring Playoffs. With the semifinal finish, Kranich clinched a spot in the global Spring Championship in Shanghai.
ANALYSIS
Easily the most recognizable name of the field, Kranich was the favorite to win it all. Although the competition was tougher than most people would give credit, Kranich may have hurt himself with a unique lineup that saw a Secret Hunter decks struggle. Regardless, Kranich is still one of the best players in the world and talent always seems to find a way to shine bright. Kranich made it to the semifinals and accomplished his goal of qualifying for the Spring Championship in Shanghai.
Kranich: Wins 2015 HWC - Asia Pacific Championship
October 3, 2015
Kranich bested Kno in the Finals of the 2015 HWC - Asia Pacific Championship in the road to Blizzcon.
ANALYSIS
The event started off well for Kranich, despite landing in the same group as Kno, who would meet him again in the Finals. He advanced through the Group Stage with ease, winning both of his series in convincing fashion. This would give him the highest seed moving into the Semifinals, where he would continue his dominant run taking out Pinpingho 3-2 and securing his spot in the Finals against Kno. Despite having a challenge in the Semifinals, Kranich was determined to prove he was the best and quickly swept Kno in the Finals, claiming the crown of the Asia Pacific Championship.